Ralph Ashton
Executive Director

Ralph has a track record of conceiving, building, and leading non-partisan initiatives to tackle cross-sectoral challenges. Before co-founding the Australian Futures Project in 2012, Ralph spent a decade leading international public policy initiatives, working closely on every continent with governments, the United Nations, World Bank, business, academia, and non-profits. This included coordinating WWF’s global response to the Indian Ocean earthquakes and tsunami, and convening and chairing the multi-disciplinary international Terrestrial Carbon Group. With a background in corporate law and investment banking, Ralph has also held visiting positions at Columbia University and the Australian National University.


Chloë Spackman
Director of Programs

Chloë brings over 10 years of experience running cross-cultural and leadership programs, as well as extensive events, programming and team leading experience. With a focus on empowerment through a broadening of knowledge and horizons, Chloë developed and led multiple symposia to Canberra, Turkey and Brazil and has organised Youth Development Forums, bringing together Timorese, Papua New Guinean and Australian youth to workshop rights-based approaches to youth-led development. Most recently, Chloë managed Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program (GLP), which was awarded a prestigious international award from the Institute for International Education for Innovation and Best Practice in Internationalising the Campus. Chloë is invested in education, leadership and innovation for systems change and social impact.


Jessica Fuller

Program and Communications Manager

With a diverse background in communications and event management, Jess has worked with a number of organisations across the not-for-profit and private sector. She is currently completing a Masters of Public Policy at UNSW and is interested in building innovation and leadership development in Australia.


Paula Steyer
Director of Finance

Paula manages the day-to-day financial, regulatory and all reporting requirements of the organisation. Paula is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to moving into the not-for-profit sector, Paula worked in the public practice sector, and in senior taxation, finance and human resources positions at HSBC Bank. Paula has worked in the finance and company secretarial role in the not-for-profit sector for the past 7 years.

Advisory Board

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Ivan Wheen

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Jono Gourlay

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Kate Chaney

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Rachel Peck

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Professor John Dewar

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Enrico Rizzon